Contact lenses in TV series remembered

Contact lenses in TV series remembered

Written by Emily Tait

The importance of special effect contact lenses in television has not diminished with time, a critic has noted.

Les Anderson reviewed Sky, a 1975 TV series, for the DVD Times and made special note of the effect the contact lenses worn by one actor had.

In the programme, a 17-year-old Marc Harrison played a space traveller named Sky who is lost on Earth.

Mr Anderson wrote: "His sense of alien-ness is helped by the enormous blue contact lenses he wore at all times … and which are quite disconcerting to look at, not to say uncomfortable for the actor who had to wear them for the entire shoot."

The contact lenses were also used for the addition of special effects where necessary.

According to the Internet Movie Database, the series also starred Richard Speight, Stuart Lock and Cherrald Butterfield.

It was written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin and directed by Terry Harding.

by Martin Burns

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